This is the sickening moment a man repeatedly punches his dog in the face before dragging him by the neck.Joseph Pocklington, 29, was spotted by a woman in Darlington, County Durham, who filmed the abuse on her phone before confronting him and taking the animal. The witness then called the police who later found Pocklington asleep in a nearby church yard. As he was arrested by police in Darlington on December 22, Pocklington told officers ‘yeah, I did give my dog a few slaps’.
The court heard Pocklington became upset after watching the footage but said he could not remember the attack, claiming he got angry when the dog tried to run into traffic.Pocklington, of Marshall Street, Darlington, pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Stephen Andrews, mitigating, said his client’s behaviour was out of character and he is ‘is incredibly remorseful’.
He said: ‘You have a gentleman here who would describe himself as a dog lover. He has kept dogs for many years without any issues whatsoever, he looked after them and he protected them.
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He added: ‘He has no recollection of the incident, but he tells me he can remember his feet becoming tangled with the dog lead and becoming angry.
‘You have heard that police found him asleep in a public area a short time after, and that is because he was so intoxicated. He is incredibly remorseful.’
Pocklington was given a 12-month community order and banned from keeping animals for two years.
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